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[Album & MV Review] Akdong Musician - 'Spring'

By eric_r_wirsing   Monday, May 16, 2016   13,187   1,346   13
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AKDONG MUSICIAN - SPRING


Tracklist:


1. Re-bye
2. How People Move
3. Haughty Girl
4. Green Window
5. Every Little Thing
6. Around



They wowed you with their single "Time and Fallen Leaves," and now they're back, this time when things are green and growing with the prosaically-titled 'Spring.' This folk pop brother and sister duo consists of Chanhyuk and Suhyun, Suhyun being the primary vocalist. This is their first extended play or EP.

The first title track, "Re-bye" is about the bubbliest, most upbeat song about a breakup that I've heard to date. It had me smiling in spite of myself, especially around Suhyun's superb vocal snaps.



"How People Move" is the standout surprise on the disc. They've adopted a big brass section for this number, and the lyrics are as playful as the tune. I love the rush I got when I first listened to this.

The rest of the album runs the gamut from a cute love story to loneliness and to noticing your surroundings and being thankful. Each of the tracks have that singular AKMU sound that should be familiar to fans.



I like how these guys aren't slaves to the metronome. The vocals have this free and easy feeling to them. They continue the tradition that they started on 'Play' with bright, happy songs. There's something pure about this album, featuring real-sounding instruments, definitely not over-produced. Despite the upbeat tunes, this album has a chill vibe to it and is a wonderful way to welcome a change of seasons.

MV REVIEW 1: RE-BYE



The duo end up as stagehands in this video. Suhyun is snubbed by the lead actress, so they devise a number of deadly endings for the pompous performer. From there, we witness a variety of hateful hilarity.

As much as I dislike murder portrayed in a lighthearted manner, this was extremely well-done, even if it all was tongue-in-cheek. The stage was essentially for a musical performance, and the set was lavish and ornate. Chanhyuk's part seemed very Chaplin-esque, especially the way it was filmed. It's also important to note that the gal did not actually die, but was frightened half to death.



Overall, this was a funny production. Not only were there lush production values but also there were funny moments and arrangements that timed perfectly with the different parts of the song. This gets my wholehearted stamp of approval.

MV REVIEW 2: HOW PEOPLE MOVE



If I thought the MV for "Re-bye" was good, it was nothing compared to "How People Move." Here all logic and proportion are thrown to the winds as they engage in a variety of madcap adventures. They dance in a playroom, and sometimes they're actually in the game, as Chanhyuk is tied up by toys and Suhyun is menaced by a giant die tumbling near her slender frame. All this and more as they run through halls with Escher-inspired stairs and multiple clones of the duo open different doors simultaneously.

This was highly engaging, and the energy of the song and enthusiasm they both show are highly infectious. The production values are quite high, and it doesn't look like they skimped on the special effects, either. There are some nice touches in the very beginning too, adroitly setting the scene.  This was extremely well-done.



Score


MV Relevance..........9
MV Production.........9
MV Concept.............9
Album Production...9
Album Concept........9
Tracklisting..............9


OVERALL...............9.0


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    Sam_Rocky Tuesday, May 17, 2016

    This has got to be the most charming duo I've ever seen in KPOP.

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    elly2k Monday, May 16, 2016

    3rd mini album?Someone didn't read up properly before writing

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    iisstf28 Monday, May 16, 2016

    This was really such a great EP!! AKMU is full of original talent and how can you not love them?!

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    Kabo_desu Monday, May 16, 2016

    yes their 6  songs are all awesome i might say! <3

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    Hazel_Greve Monday, May 16, 2016

    This comment has been removed due to violation of our TOS. (Reason: spammer)

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    chekas1292 Monday, May 16, 2016

    Wohooooo AKMUUU❤️❤️❤️

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    SantiHavok Monday, May 16, 2016

    I would even say that this has been the release in kpop so far this yearDidnt know about them until now, its so good that they are doing well on charts

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    Ice_Breakerr Monday, May 16, 2016

    You can't not smile when you're listening to akmu. You can't. Their charm shines through in every song.

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    roseMAin Monday, May 16, 2016

    MV Relevance..........10MV Production.........10MV Concept.............10Album Production...10Album Concept.......10Tracklisting..............10OVERALL...............10For me this album is great and deserve full mark.

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    Xadne Monday, May 16, 2016

    I'm wondering if the author didn't quite get the Re-Bye MV or if he intentionally wrote it without mentioning the twist?

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    KpopRox94 Xadne Tuesday, May 17, 2016

    Hmm I dont quite get the MV too,any kind soul mind explaining it to me?

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    cassiecassie KpopRox94 Tuesday, May 17, 2016

    At first the viewers are led to believe that Suhyun is jealous with the main singer, and all the "accidents" are caused by Suhyun. But near the end when Chanhyuk pointed the gun at another dancer, it was revealed that Akmu actually found out about the evil plan and protected the main singer from it. The evil plan being the dancer trying to eliminate the main singer due to jealousy.

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    KpopRox94 cassiecassie Wednesday, May 18, 2016

    Thank you!

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